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Key Facts

Full name
Arthur Ford

Known as
Arthur Ford

12 June 1881

14 May 1953 (aged 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 324d
Last game: 31y 80d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 4, 28

Arthur Ford

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1903, 1908-191264100.1678%0
Total1903, 1908-191264100.1678%0

AFL: 820th player to appear, 3,536th most games played, 4,854th most goals kickedCarlton: 146th player to appear, 269th most games played, 422nd most goals kicked

Nicknamed 'Shooter', Arthur Ford joined Carlton from VFA side Essendon Town in 1903 but after just a single season with the Blues he headed west, joining WAFA team West Perth where he played in a premiership team in 1905. He later ventured to the goldfields and threw in his lot with Boulder City.

The 1908 season found him back at Carlton where he remained until 1912. In his first season back with the Blues he played in their grand final defeat of Essendon and he was also in the team which lost to South Melbourne in the following year’s flag decider.

In round 14 of the 1910 season Carlton played Fitzroy and Ford was cited for abusing and physically threatening the umpire, as a result of which he was suspended for 12 months. Once the suspension was served he resumed and continued playing until the losing preliminary final of 1911 against Essendon, after which he ‘retired’. In 1912 he captain-coached Echuca, but returned to the Blues for that season’s finals series, following which he retired for good. He also had a brief stint as Carlton’s secretary, a role he undertook while still a player.

Author - John Devaney


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